Are you fed up of turning right instead of left when you get on a plane?
One thing everyone wants when they travel is to get an upgrade to First of Business Class – so you can travel in style to your destination. So below are some details to consider if you are fed up of turning right instead of left when you get on a plane?
Below are some tips on how you could get an upgrade (and some reasons why you simply would not)
Get to the airport early
Getting to the airport early is a good suggestion anyway – after all there could be delays on the route.
So if you arrive extra early at the check in you may stand a better chance of an upgrade. First Class and Business upgrades are very popular but sadly they are very limited.
You have nothing to lose by simply asking. They may say No but that does not matter. Remember to be polite and dress well – you never know.
Your travel agent
It could be worth speaking to your travel agent if they have a booth located at the airport. The travel agent could be aware of any availability and could help you with that upgrade
Be a solo traveller
If you a solo traveller, you could stand a better chance at an upgrade. After all if there are large groups or families with children they would stand a lesser chance.
So you are on your flight (economy!) and you are having issues it could be the seat will not recline. The TV has interference or your meal is cold and unappetizing. Then complain – but in a good way. You could get vouchers, points or lounge passes and sometimes even an upgrade for you next flight. So do let the cabin staff know. They want everyone to have a good flight so they will often report back complaints. Once you have landed contact the customer services team and relay your complaint – do not be rude in the message and you are likely to get a good result.
Do you have a genuine excuse?
Perhaps you have had some surgery in the past few months. Explain this could increase your chance of DVT – a blood clot. Do you suffer from a bad back problem or even have you recently recovered from a broken leg or a badly sprained ankle? So explain this at check in and if you have any medical evidence with you so much the better. Mention you would like an upgrade so you can travel in comfort.
Are you travelling to your Honeymoon? Maybe celebrating that special wedding anniversary or birthday. Tell the checkout team about this. After all the airlines have a good social media presence and how good would the airline look if you tweeted about your special celebration
Get a later flight
The majority of airlines tend to sometimes overbook economy fares – this allows for cancellations or non-shows. If you are not in a rush to get to your chosen destination, then you could volunteer to be bumped to the next flight – however you would stress that this would be in exchange for an upgrade – if the flight you are currently on becomes overbooked. When stating this again be polite and you never know you could get that upgrade.
Reasons why you may not get a flight upgrade can include the following
- Not dressing smart enough
- You are travelling in a large group of people
- You are travelling with a baby who will be travelling on your lap
- Your journey is covering several stop overs
- You may be being very rude at check in
- You have certain dietary requirements that they have not accommodated for on the flight.
I hope these tips are useful and Bon Voyage!